Permission to Ask Questions

Have you ever wondered about God and the meaning of life, but kept your questions to yourself because you didn’t want to bring the party atmosphere down?

Have you ever seen those “Jesus is the answer” signs and bumper stickers and wondered if that phrase carried any more meaning than the answer “42” from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe?

Have you ever felt like the only person with questions in a sea of people spouting trite, easy answers?

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and felt your own insignificance suffocating you?

Have you ever looked at the pile of dishes in your sink and wondered, “what’s the use?”

Have you ever wished you could express your faith to your unbelieving friends without fear of sounding dumb?

Have you ever wished you could express your doubt to your believing friends without fear of judgment?

We all wonder, and we all have questions.

The human tendency to query the universe is the foundation of Explore God, a 7-week-long, ecumenical, city-wide initiative encouraging people to have conversations about those deep questions, and it’s coming to Dallas/Ft. Worth this September.

Watch the video below to find out more, and if you live in the DFW area, I highly recommend finding an Explore God discussion group to join. There’s a handy list of participating churches (including Highland) on the Explore God website, and you can read about my experience with a similar group here.

(Note: This blog post originally appeared at http://thinkingthroughchristianity.com/2015/08/permission-to-ask-questions.html)